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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 3 August 2021) . . Page.. 2158 ..

Consultation commenced on 23 April 2021 and closed on 4 June 2021. Pop-up sessions at Yerrabi Pond were held on 1, 6 and 11 May 2021 to provide additional opportunities for people to give feedback and talk to TCCS staff.

Over 1,000 survey responses or other feedback was received. Results of the survey will be published on the YourSay page in July 2021 after the results have been analysed.

Feedback, including the matters raised in the petitions, will be used to inform relative priorities and future improvements at the Yerrabi Pond recreation area. The Government has provided $300,000 to enable implementation of on-ground improvements.

Noting the request for support to establish a Friends of Yerrabi Pond group, I can advise that, on 7 May 2021, TCCS staff met with the principal petitioner for petition 5-21, John Beagle, and other community members, to discuss the process for establishing a Friends of Yerrabi Pond group and the roles and responsibilities of volunteers. Discussions between TCCS officers and community members are also well underway to inform enhanced maintenance activities. To date, a number of additional activities have been undertaken including remediating water flows that were impacting on shared paths, repair of bollards, upgrades to garden beds and replacement of playground soft-fall.

In relation to maintenance of the area around Yerrabi Pond recreation area, regular maintenance of the Yerrabi Pond recreation area includes mowing, cleaning, pest and weed management, pruning, servicing of bins, repairs to assets such as furniture and play equipment and graffiti management. Maintenance of the pond is undertaken four times a year and includes litter-picking and removal of debris. The Conservator of Flora and Fauna has advised that a vegetative buffer should be provided on the fringes of ponds to protect and enhance habitat and water quality. Ongoing concerns about maintenance can be reported to Fix My Street at or Access Canberra on 13 22 81 for appropriate actioning.

There are currently no plans to install additional pedestrian or dog related signage, noting that signage alone is often ineffective in influencing behaviour and the Government has a range of education and awareness activities to inform the community about responsible pet ownership, however the Government will continue to undertake educative activities in the area.

I trust the information provided above has been helpful.

Motion to take note of petitions

MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 98A, I propose the question:

That the petitions and responses so lodged be noted.


Out-of-order petition

MS LEE (Kurrajong—Leader of the Opposition) (11.03): I seek leave to table an out-of-order petition of 337 signatures to supplement the petition lodged in my name.

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